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An Alphabetical Floral Companions Guide

Aloe Vera: Short-stemmed succulent with thick and fleshy leaves

Serrated edges of small white teeth

That smile as he soothes your burns and bruises.

Chamomile: Tiny daisy flowers bloom on long stalks

Reaching to the sky with its yellow core surrounded by white rays

A sacred herb born of the sun.

Echinacea: Hermaphroditic

Purple in the wild; dull in the domestic

Pronounced as though one were sneezing.

Forget-Me-Not: Blue of colour with a little spot of yellow

Begs to be remembered—

A happily grieving flower.

Hemlock: Hemlock water dropwort poisoning—

Hallucinations—delirium—tingling— numbness of skin—

A poisonous plant—Endowing its victims with a fatal and eternal smile.

Iris: Ornate Greek rainbow

Three upright petals


Jasmine: Magical properties: Prophetic dreams—love—meditation—aura healing—

psychic protection—confidence—aphrodisiac.

A sweet lullaby sung under a full moon.

Knotweed: Quick and aggressive; an imperialist crowding out native plants

Encouraged by human interaction and water

Difficult to eradicate and gain independence.

Lavender: Full of fragrance

Enchanting sun-lover and popularly purple friend

The gatekeeper to dreamland—

Moonflower: Looks as sweet as it sounds

With a vine that only blooms at dusk

It closes up just after dawn.

Orchid: A powerful aphrodisiac. Fleshy tubing and phallic resemblance

Speaks to the gift of fertility, virility, and sexuality

Which oozes from the pulsating petals.

Poppy: Ruby red for remembrance; rough reminder of violence

From ruined ground did they spring

In Flanders Fields.

Queen of the Meadow: A Native Irishwoman with a stern red body topped with a good Sunday Mass lace hat,

Confined to damp meadows and the edge of ditches

Strewn on the floor and stood on to smell sweet.

Rose: A deceiving symbol of love with vibrant colour and fragrance

Yet trailing a mossy spiked stem

Too easy to draw blood and hybridise—fake love.

Sweet Pea: A parting kiss—

The first inhale after—


Thistle: The flower of Scotland;

A protector against enemies and ambushes

A spikey symbol of survival.

Uva Ursi: Urn-shaped flowers and spherical berries

Flushed and blushing pink fairies

Eternally green and upright.

Witch Hazel: If one were to ask what the sublime means—tell them it is witch hazel

A winter flower that takes its time and crawls out curious spidery displays,

One that smells of spices and holds healing powers in its divine body.

Yellow Archangel: Don’t forget about your archangels for they grow aggressively;

Lovers of the shade and dark hiding places;

Always there, but when trod upon or thought of a faint odour comes to mind.

Zinnia: A late-summer early-autumn mug of coffee

Butterfly lover, hummingbird whisperer

The perfect and most supreme.

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francismckeown Frances is a fourth year Law with American Law student who spent the last year in the good ol’ U.S of A attending law school and learning about the wonders of American breakfast food. What was there not to love about all those sweet things, pancakes, waffles and French toast bake for breakfast? She definitely loved the food though she’d pass on the sweet tea. All that sugar has given her renewed energy and she’s back, ready and raring to go, to spend her final year as Copy Co-Editor.

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